Wausau Man Convicted of Bigamy Released

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

UPDATE: Fri 2:24 PM, Aug 2, 2013

WAUSAU (AP) - A Wausau man who spent time behind bars for bigamy is out of jail.

Forty-six-year-old Tim Swinea was sentenced to time already served when he appeared in Marathon County Circuit Court Thursday. Judge Mike Moran also ordered Swinea to serve three years of probation. The Mosinee women who married Swinea without knowing he was already married, Dawn Paglini, says probation isn't enough for the pain Swinea caused her and her family.

The Daily Herald Media says Swinea is also accused of felony forgery charges in Calumet County. A former girlfriend told authorities Swinea stole thousands of dollars from her business in check-kiting scheme. A trial is set to begin Sept. 4.

ORIGINAL STORY: Wed 10:15 AM, March 20, 2013

A Mosinee man accused of having two wives will return to court next month to find out if his case will head to trial.

According to the criminal complaint, obtained by the Wausau Daily Herald, Timothy Swinea, 45, was taken into custody in December after his wife of three months said he forged a check from her business. The woman then contacted Swinea's ex-wife in Missouri who said she had married Swinea in 1992 and had never divorced.

According to the Wausau Daily Herald, Swinea owes $22,000 in back child support from a child he fathered with Kentucky woman.

Swinea is charged with bigamy, bail jumping and falsifying a statement on marriage license. In August 2012, Swinea said he had never been married, and said that because he had been married outside of Wisconsin he did not have to disclose that information on his marriage certificate.

Swinea's Wisconsin wife, who has filed for an annulment, told police she believes he is a con man and may have taken advantage of women in several states.

He will return to court April 1. He's free on $1,000 signature bond.

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